Monday, April 21, 2014

Signs of Spring

 Well, after a trip to the Dr. and a prescription for antibiotics, I'm finally on the mend. I pretty much coughed my way through every church service I played for last week. It was awful and I was miserable. To have Easter services done and also be feeling better is a huge relief!
We had a low key Easter. I played for services and then our dinner plans were postponed, so Gary and I just hung out at home and relaxed. It was fine by me.

Spring has sprung in my yard, which is making me so happy! 
The blue chionodoxa around the patio are the first flowers to make an appearance. Then the bright red quince and the vinca bloom at the same time. I'm most excited that the daffodils I transplanted two years ago are finally blooming. They are such a cheerful flower!

Today I put out the wren houses. Next I'm hoping to start cleaning up the leafy corners of the yard and maybe start digging a new flower bed. We'll see how ambitious I get!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday

The orange and grey baby quilt is coming along!
 I need to get batting and backing then I can put it all together.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

 I'm home sick today. Yuck. I'm mad too because I made it through the whole winter without getting sick! I've been sleeping on the couch most of the day but when I did have a little burst of energy, here's what I saw outside my window.

Mama robin is starting to build a nest in the car port. She can't decide where she wants her nest to be though. There are twigs and strands of grass along the whole length and on both sides. I will be surprised if she actually makes a nest there because we walk by all the time.

 We have baby squirrels.

 I think there are three of them. 

 They played in the crook of the tree for a long time. 

They're pretty cute. I've enjoyed watching them from my spot on the couch. 

Here's something making me happy today, my Christmas cactus is blooming! Actually, it's a Thanksgiving cactus. It's timing has always been a little off. I don't care though, it's pretty no matter when it blooms.
I'm gonna go back to the couch now and watch cooking shows. 
I hoping Gary will bring me some soup!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Any Way You Slice It Quilt

The spring winds have been a blowin' and today is no different. The South wind may bring us some severe weather later today. It is still April though and there is talk of snow. I'm really hoping for rain. 

Gary and I tried on several occasions to get a photo of this quilt last week but it seemed every day was so windy. Finally on Thursday the winds died down to a warm breeze so we headed out to a park. Lincolnites, can you guess which park?

    It was a beautiful evening with the sun shining on the greening grass. Everyone at the park seemed to be coming out of hibernation. Joggers passed by, wearing shorts that revealed skin that hasn't seen the sun in months. Kids ran at the playground while tired parents watched. A woman slowly walked her old dog, his grey face smiling in the sun. You could see his body wasn't keeping up with the memory of running in his mind. Even so, he was loving the fresh air and a pat on the head from a stranger. Gary and I ate and talked, taking it all in. It was just lovely.

I really love this quilt! (Don't I always say that?) I love how colorful it is but also that I used fabric and batting I already had. I didn't think I would ever use up that brown flowery fabric but the pattern in the book had it and so I went with it. I wouldn't have chosen it myself but I think it works!
Some of the batting I used has been kicking around my stash since my first quilting projects. It was time to toss it or use it. I cut the batting into 7" squares and sewed the fabric strips directly to the batting. This was my first "quilt as you go" project.

For the backing, I used a piece of fabric that's been in my stash for years. I did minimal stitch in the ditch quilting to put it all together. For the binding I chose the solid navy blue to tie it all together.
The quilt measures 49" x 56" and it is hanging on my dining room wall right now.
It's making me pretty happy!

 Happy weekend to you!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

On to the next baby quilt!
 Orange and grey with a little hot pink for a fun pop!

It looks like I have been inspired by my cutting mat again. Actually, I didn't choose the colors this time but I do like this color combination. The last time I used orange and grey in a project I made these potholders.

The past couple days I've been cutting out squares and playing around with the layout. I'm not sure if I "love" it yet so I'm letting it hang out on the design wall. I like to stare at my quilt layouts while I brush my teeth in the morning haha! Is that weird? My brain isn't filled with a bunch of other thoughts then I guess.
 It's a fresh look.

Busy week here. I've got a concert at school tonight and at church we're gearing up for Easter. I may not get any sewing done until this weekend. More time to brush my teeth and stare at this quilt I guess.
Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ruby's Quilt

The bright baby quilt is finished! 
It measures 44" x 52" and is hand quilted with perle cotton thread.
This one is already on it's way to a brand new little girl who was born last week. I'm so glad I was a little late in getting the quilt done because I was able to put her name on the tag! 

The weather has been cloudy and cool which has me staying inside. I'm hoping to finish up the Any Way You Slice It quilt by this weekend. 

The list of quilts I want to make is growing! My dad wants a wall hanging and I've been thinking about making a black and white quilt. Before any of that happens though, my next project will be another baby quilt. My family is keeping me busy in the baby quilt department! That's ok with me though. I'm definitely enjoying having time to quilt.